Half expecting him to say, "Years of smoking," I feel dumb when Lyrics Born chuckles. Dumb for having asked how he acquired his signature growl. "That's who I am. Why is my hair brown...why do I have a size 11 shoe?" he says. Of course, man I'm an idiot. It's true, God blessed LB with a voice caught somewhere between a foghorn and an idling big rig; the kind of gravel smokers acquire after years of puffing.
As the co-founder of the indie label Quannum Projects, LB has created a nourishing environment for hip-hoppers looking for something more substantial than cold Crystal and 24" rims. For fans, his latest album Same !@#$ Different Day is somewhat of a remix record. He puts a new spin on classics like, "Callin' Out" (featuring E-40 and Casual) and "Do That There" (featuring KRS-One) and offers fresh tracks, like the slightly cocky, "I'm Just Raw" and "The Bay" (an homage to the Bay Area).
Organic and unconventional, kind of like the town [Berkeley] he grew up in, LB’s brand of hip-hop blends funk and soul standards with conscious lyrics. Let's not forget the sultry melodies (compliments of vocal wunderkind and sidekick Joyo Velarde). Cohorts of the Roots, Dilated Peoples and Tribe Called Quest would fit in nicely here.